Monitoring & Evaluation

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BETTER INSIGHT

Gaining insight in the impact of the UTZ Certified program is crucial for continuous optimization of our standards. That is why UTZ invests importantly in monitoring and evaluation. We do this first of all by collecting and assessing data and secondly by commissioning impact research to independent experts such as the international Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and the Dutch Agricultural University of Wageningen, LEI. Thirdly, similar independent studies are commissioned in partnership with colleague organizations such as the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH and Solidaridad. The findings of such studies form vital input for the revision cycles of our Codes of Conduct, as performed every four years. Better insight in impact eventually leads to better results of our work, to the benefit of all UTZ certified farms.

Why a monitoring & evaluation program?

The adoption of the UTZ standard by producers and supply chain actors is not an end in itself, but a means to enable farmers to achieve sustainable farming. Farmers interact with and are influenced by their natural environment, the local community, markets, government policies and other actors in the supply chain. Therefore, UTZ takes a systematic approach and monitors changes at the level of farmers as well as the context they operate in. The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program aims to capture the most important changes brought about by farmers and chain actors that have adopted the UTZ standard.

What does UTZ do with the results? Proving and improving

To UTZ, it is important to continuously improve the program in order to meet the needs of various actors in the supply chain, above all those of the farmers, their workers and families. This way, UTZ ensures that the program is regularly revised and adapted to the changing context and the evolving situation of the farmers. One important function of M&E is to provide evidence of outcomes and impact (“to prove”). Another main function is to learn from our practice and improve our work (“ to improve”).

Recently, UTZ has commissioned independent impact (baseline) studies on cocoa in Ghana and Ivory Coast, tea in Malawi and Kenya, and coffee in Vietnam. As soon as these become available, they will be published on this webpage alongside UTZ’s management response.

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UTZ Certified welcomes feedback on evaluation reports and M&E system documents

 in particular:

  • the intended impacts and outcomes (M&E framework),
  • the most significant unintended effects (M&E system report, page 14-15) and
  • the scope and boundaries of the M&E system (M&E system report, page 5-6).

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